Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
to Poland & Medjugorje
Sept 22 - Oct 3, 2018
In the Footsteps of
St. John Paul II &
Day 1 – McAllen - Krakow
Depart McAllen, TX for your connecting flights to Krakow. Dinner and breakfast
will be served aboard transatlantic flight.
Day 2 - Krakow
Upon arrival in Krakow Airport you will find your luggage and exit into the
arrivals hall where you will meet your tour guide, board your private motor coach
and transfer to your hotel. This evening we celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving
followed by dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 3 - Krakow – Divine Mercy Shrine
Today we will visit Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here
that the message of the Divine Mercy originated, which Christ Himself wished to
pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. Here we will
see the image of the Merciful Jesus and have Mass at the convent chapel near the
tomb of St Faustina. In the afternoon, we will also visit the Shrine of
Divinity dedicated by St. John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002 and
visit the new center "Have no Fear" where we pray by the relic of St. John Paul
II. Return to hotel in Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – FULL DAY Excursion to Czestochowa
After breakfast we will travel north to Czestochowa, home of the greatest
pilgrimage shrine in Poland. We will have Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery where
the Miraculous Icon of the Black Madonna is located, and where St. John Paul II
was known to make frequent visits throughout his life. After time for prayer and
lunch, we will view the priceless treasures located in the Museum before
traveling back to Krakow.
Day 5 - Auschwitz - Wadowice
This morning we will travel to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp
where unspeakable atrocities occurred. We will see the cell that imprisoned St.
Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the
Holocaust. In the afternoon we will go to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol
Wojtyla (St. John Paul II) and celebrate Mass in the church he attended and in
which he was baptized as a child. We will visit his childhood home, now a museum
containing relics and artifacts from throughout his life, before returning to
Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Krakow (Old Town) and Wieliczka Salt Mine
Today we begin by exploring Krakow's Market Square and hear the silver trumpet
of the bugler from St. Mary's Tower. We will then have Mass inside St. Mary’s
Basilica and admire the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. From here we will then
walk to the Wawel Castle and visit the Royal Cathedral, the church of the Polish
Kings for over 400 years. We will tour the Cathedral, the Coronation Chapel and
the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries are on view. In
the afternoon, we will visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is famous for many
things – most notably the St. Kinga Chapel which is located about 330 feet
underground, measures roughly 5,000 square feet of floor space, and is 36 feet
tall. It is decorated with bas-relief carvings in rock salt depicting important
scenes in Jesus’ life and it has two giant chandeliers made completely out of
salt crystals hang from the ceiling.
Day 7 – Optional Day Trip to Zakopane and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
After breakfast, we will drive through the mountains to the small village of
Zakopane. Along the way we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
Krzeptowki. Completed in 1992, the great church was built as a votive offering
of gratitude for the recovery of Pope John Paul II after his assassination
attempt on May 13, 1981, and the church was consecrated by Pope John Paul II
himself on June 7, 1997 during his pilgrimage to Poland. From here we will
proceed to town and take a cable car ride to the nearby mountaintop. At the top,
we will have time to take in the magnificent panoramic views, and possibly take
a carriage ride along the ridge path. Back at the bottom of the mountain we will
have time to shop in at the local bazaar and have lunch on colorful Krupowki
Street. On the way back to Krakow we will visit the Jaszczorowka Chapel. This
architecturally distinct chapel was visited many times by the young, Karol
Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). As a young boy, Karol Wojtyla often used the
walking paths surrounding the Jaszczorowka Chapel for much prayer and
reflection. Enjoy a beautiful dinner and an optional stroll through the old city
before retiring for the evening.
Day 8 - Medjugorje
After breakfast, you will depart for the John Paul II International airport for
your connecting flights to Sarajevo. Upon arrival you will find your luggage and
exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your Medjugorje Guide and transferred to the village of Medjugorje. During the scenic
ride, our guide will explain the story of Medjugorje to help you understand the
history and layout of the village. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje.
Day 9 to 11 - Medjugorje
Over the next three days you will experience the beauty and peace of the simple
village of Medjugorje. During your stay you will have the opportunity to share
your faith with pilgrims from all over the world. Some activities that will
accompany you in your spiritual journey:
Attend Daily Mass:
Each morning, at 10AM your group will assemble at St. James Church for English
Mass (Noon on Sundays.) At the end of each Mass, there is a blessing of the
religious articles that you have with you.
Climb Apparition Hill:
Here you will witness the exact location of the first
alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries. When climbing, your group is
invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain):
In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high
cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. When
climbing, your group will pause 15 times to pray at the Stations of he Cross
along the way.
Each evening at 6PM your group will join the villagers in praying
the Rosary at St. James Church, with a pause at 6:40PM, the time when Our Lady
allegedly appears to the visionaries. The Croatian Mass begins at 7PM with a
Blessing of the Sick immediately following.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Our Lady has always called us to be close to
her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament
at the outside altar of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and
Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church.
Additionally, there is an Adoration Chap-el on the grounds of St. James Church
open for prayer in the afternoon. Meetings with the Visionaries: Pending their
availability, your guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo:
You will have the opportunity to visit the
community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and
women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be
able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ:
Located on the grounds of St. James Church, is the bronze statue of the Risen
Christ. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps
droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee.
Day 12 - Medjugorje - USA
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for
Sarajevo airport for the return flights home.
Poland Tour Features:
* Roundtrip Flights from McAllen, TX
* 6 Nts First Class Hotel I Krakow (Holiday Inn, or similar)
* Breakfast and dinner daily
* Water, Wine and Coffee served with Dinner
* Transfers between airport and lodging
* Porterage at Hotels
* All Sightseeing and Tours by private motor coach
* Professional, multi-lingual Tour Guides throughout
* Entrance fees where necessary according to itinerary
* Daily Mass & spiritual activities coordinated
Medjugorje Tour Features:
* Additional Flight from Krakow to Sarajevo
* 4 Nts in Private Pansion or Bed & Breakfast
* Breakfast and dinner daily
* Water & Wine served with Dinner
* Transfers between airport and lodging
* Assistance with Luggage (1 piece per person)
* All Sightseeing and Tours Coordinated
* Professional, English Speaking Tour Guide throughout
* Meeting with Visionaries (pending availability)
* Daily Mass, Rosary & spiritual activities coordinated
Poland & Medjugorje # PM18 0922 Price: $4,295 per person,
based on Double Occupancy
Private Rooms Available for Additional Cost.
Optional Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance Recommended!
For Information Contact:
888-849-7729 / 504-834-4951
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